Teen Dies Playing Punching Game


Teen Dies Playing Punching Game

A very sad story at Normandy High School today.

Officials say that two students were playing around at lunch yesterday when one punched the other in the chest as part of a game that appears to have gone horribly wrong.

The student, Marquez Oliver, a fifteen-year-old freshman, collapsed in the cafeteria -- and a school resource officer and nurse tried, unsuccessfully, to revive the boy.

He regained consciousness in the ambulance, officials say, but died just after 6:30 p.m.

Police say it seems there was no bullying or foul play -- just two students horsing around.

Police officials tell the Post-Dispatch that the boy who struck Oliver is fourteen years old:

"It was a game, and they would run up and one would punch the other one in the chest and run off," said Wellston Police Chief G. Thomas Walker.

At about 1 p.m. Thursday, Marquez was hit in the chest in the cafeteria. Witnesses told police that Marquez said: "Oh yeah, I can take that. That didn't hurt," and then he immediately collapsed, Walker said.

Marquez apparently did not suffer from any known medical condition, the paper reports. As part of the game, Marquez had reportedly punched the fourteen-year-old in the chest the day before.

Daily RFT got a copy of the letter Normandy High School sent out to parents today, full version on view below.

Principal Calvin Nicholas writes:

During the lunch period yesterday, a 9th grade student collapsed after apparently engaging in physical play with other students.

After being transported to the hospital, we learned late last evening the student passed.

In our district, the safety and well-being of our students and staff in a productive learning environment is our highest priority.

The loss of any member of the Normandy School District family, particularly a student, is disturbing to us all.

We are saddened by this unfortunate incident and understand that students may have upsetting feelings about the loss of one of their classmates....

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the student's family. Words are totally inadequate to express our feelings

KSDK (Channel 5) just tweeted out this photo.

Marquez Oliver killed in punching game at Normandy High School. on.ksdk.com/10QX47k #stlnews twitter.com/ksdknews/statu...

— KSDK NewsChannel 5 (@ksdknews) April 12, 2013

And the P-D has this raw footage of an emotional press conference at the school today in which Phillip Boyd, chief administrative officer for the Normandy School District, adressed reporters.

He broke down in tears twice.

SOURCE: RiverFrontTimes

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0 Responses to “Teen Dies Playing Punching Game”

  1. Will says:

    We used to play that shit, open chest, toughen us up a lil i guess…..but this is just terrible. Bless his family

  2. Will says:

    We used to play that shit, open chest, toughen us up a lil i guess…..but this is just terrible. Bless his family

  3. Will says:

    We used to play that shit, open chest, toughen us up a lil i guess…..but this is just terrible. Bless his family

  4. Will says:

    We used to play that shit, open chest, toughen us up a lil i guess…..but this is just terrible. Bless his family

  5. box5 says:

    Chest, we use to play it in elementary and jr high and gangsta equals play it as well. Never heard of anyone dying from it tho. Rip to ol boy and he had to have some kind of condition, cause I know ol boy ain’t hit em with a ninja shot yell™

  6. box5 says:

    Chest, we use to play it in elementary and jr high and gangsta equals play it as well. Never heard of anyone dying from it tho. Rip to ol boy and he had to have some kind of condition, cause I know ol boy ain’t hit em with a ninja shot yell™

  7. box5 says:

    Chest, we use to play it in elementary and jr high and gangsta equals play it as well. Never heard of anyone dying from it tho. Rip to ol boy and he had to have some kind of condition, cause I know ol boy ain’t hit em with a ninja shot yell™

  8. box5 says:

    Chest, we use to play it in elementary and jr high and gangsta equals play it as well. Never heard of anyone dying from it tho. Rip to ol boy and he had to have some kind of condition, cause I know ol boy ain’t hit em with a ninja shot yell™

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  13. wat happen to my bad or bb budget a half z,s or even safe mine when u gave out gills. no 15 u should be playing catchy and feelies with the girls why are a bunch of lil boys running around putting hands on each other and there not really fightn 2 i bet the boy was tryin to hurt this kid cuz if u playn u try to punch some body chest off i believe it was malice behind this do the research a game yeah right

  14. wat happen to my bad or bb budget a half z,s or even safe mine when u gave out gills. no 15 u should be playing catchy and feelies with the girls why are a bunch of lil boys running around putting hands on each other and there not really fightn 2 i bet the boy was tryin to hurt this kid cuz if u playn u try to punch some body chest off i believe it was malice behind this do the research a game yeah right

  15. wat happen to my bad or bb budget a half z,s or even safe mine when u gave out gills. no 15 u should be playing catchy and feelies with the girls why are a bunch of lil boys running around putting hands on each other and there not really fightn 2 i bet the boy was tryin to hurt this kid cuz if u playn u try to punch some body chest off i believe it was malice behind this do the research a game yeah right

  16. wat happen to my bad or bb budget a half z,s or even safe mine when u gave out gills. no 15 u should be playing catchy and feelies with the girls why are a bunch of lil boys running around putting hands on each other and there not really fightn 2 i bet the boy was tryin to hurt this kid cuz if u playn u try to punch some body chest off i believe it was malice behind this do the research a game yeah right

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